Sew a bias tape finish on necklines and other edges
Hey y’all, today I’m going to show you how to finish raw edges using single fold bias tape. This finish is used on my two newest patterns, the Hathaway Tank and the Garnet Shorts.
I love how you can do this type of finish with either the bias tape turned to the right side of the fabric, like I did on the Garnet Shorts above or to the wrong side as I did on the Hathaway Tank below.
I made a video to share my best tips for applying single fold bias tape, especially how to get it to lay flat around curves. You can watch below or on YouTube here if it won’t load for some reason.
If you don’t know how to make bias tape, I have a tutorial for that here. I love making custom bias tape because you can do prints and colors that you can’t get in the store. To do a single fold finish, first you want to decide which side you want your bias tape to end up on. Then start on the opposite side of the fabric. So here, where I wanted the bias tape to end up on the right side, I started on the wrong side of the fabric and used my iron and steam to shape the bias tape.
You can see that I shaped my bias tape 1/4″ away from the raw edge of the fabric. That way, when I unfold it to stitch, the raw edges will align. Stitch in the crease closest to the raw edge.
Then turn the bias tape to the other side of the fabric, in this case to the right side, and press again before stitching the inner edge in place. And admire your beautiful bias tape finish!